A full church greeted choir, soloists and orchestra for a very rewarding concert of Brahms’s choral music. It was a very warm afternoon (Paraparaumu reached 24deg.) which was hard on the performers. Nevertheless, they responded magnificently.
The first work was new to me, a piece written in memory of a friend of Brahms. The title means ‘song of mourning’. It had an appealing orchestral introduction, in which an oboe melody...
Eugene Gienger, an engagingly self-styled "Dakota Pianist" originally hails from Streeter, North Dakota, USA. According to his accompanying publicity he is the only pianist of renown to have emerged from the Dakota region, and can therefore be counted as a kind of "local boy made good". An international performer, he has given recitals and concerto performances in the United States, Canada, Russia and Australia. He's currently in New Zealand...
by minor German composer, Josef Rheinberger, contemporary of Brahms and Bruch, and The Third Day
by the conductor.
The works that accompanied the Stabat Mater
in the first half were of a similar kind: organ and vocal pieces by Buxtehude, Bach, Lachner, and religious songs by John Ireland and Berkahn.
Lachner’s name probably rings faint bells as Franz was one... read more
The concert was advertised as performing two works: a